The Founders of Hartford
William Andrews, freeman, Mass., March 4, 1634-5 ; constable, Newtown, October, 1636; an original proprietor
of Hartford, received thirty acres in the division of 1639-40, and his home-lot was south of the Little River, on land
now included in the West Park. He was the first schoolmaster, teaching from 1643 until 1656; town clerk, 16.51-1658.
He died in 1659; Will dated April 1; inv. Aug. 8, 1659, £211. 14. 11. His wife, Mary1, d. at
Cambridge, Jam. 19,
1639-40. He m. a second wife, Abigail, mentioned in his will, and he also names bro. George Grave. His widow
m. Nathaniel Bearding.-Ch.: i. Abigail, d. in Fairfield, May, 1653. ii. John, Hartford; m. Mary; d. June 8, 1690.
iii. Thomas, of Middletown2, m. Abigail, dau. of John Kirby, of Middletown; d. 1691. iv. Esther,3 or
Hester; m. Thomas Spencer, Jr., of Suffield; d. March 6, 1698. v. Elizabeth, m. May 3, 1655, Edward Granniss, of
Hartford. vi. Samuel,4 born Oct. 20, 1645 ; To. Elizabeth, dau. of Sergeant Thomas Spencer; d. in
Hartford, January, 1712.
1 - This seems improbable. See: Foster, Mary Naomi, and Little, Edward H. Colonial Ancestors,
(Camden, ME, Penobscot Press, 1991), p. 2 Paige, Lucius R. History of Cambridge. Massachusetts 1630-1877 with a
Genealogical Register, (Boston, H. O. Houghton and Co., 1877), p.480 Barbour Collection, Connecticut Town Vital
Records, Hartford 1635-1855, TS abstracts, alphab. art., Vol. A-K, Andrews family listings, pp. 5-6.
2 - He married, by 1673, Hannah Kirby, born in Wethersfield, Conn., 02 Mch 1649, daughter of John
and Elizabeth (?-Hinds) Kirby. See: Foster, Mary Naomi, and Little, Edward H. Colonial Ancestors, (Camden, ME, Penobscot
Press, 1991), pp. 7-8. Manwaring, Charles William, comp., A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, L. (Hartford,
CT, by the author, 1904), p. 400 Coe, Mrs. S. F. Hall, Memoranda Relating to the Ancestry and Family of Sophia Fidelia
Hall, Meriden, CT, n. pub., 1902) pp. 225-227. Barbour Collection, Connecticut Town Vital Records, Wethersfeld 1634-1868,
TS abstracts, alphab. arr., (CSL, 1927), Kirby family listings, p. 176.
3 - Hester was a daughter of second wife, Abigail, as she left her property to her daughter,
Hester Spencer; and Samuel Andrews, who married Hester's daughter, calls Abigail Grand. mother in
deposition relating to her disposal of her property. Hartford Probate Records, rot. iv. p. 118.
4 - Savage says (vol. i. p 55) be married Elizabeth, daughter of Thwait Strickland ; but see
General Register, vol. xxxiii. p. 356, for the reasons for thinking that that Elizabeth Strickland married John Andrews,
Jr., son of John, born 1645.